Austin-Healey 100/6 (1956 – 1959) Review

Austin-Healey 100/6 (1956 – 1959) At A Glance


+Great soundtrack, and although the six added weight it also improved flexibility

-Performance was - initially - no better than the original 100's

The arrival of the Austin-Healey 100/6 in 1956 was proof that BMC had complete confidence in its largest sports car offering of the time. The 100 had been a huge success, and that was enough to convince BMC that the line had a bright future, and invest in a new engine.

The Austin Westminster four-cylinder engine was due to cease manufacture in 1956. So, the new Westminster’s 2639cc C-Series straight-six took its place. Actually, this didn’t automatically make the 100 a better car, as the heavier engine sapped performance until a new cylinder head and manifolds boosted power to 117bhp.

Other changes included an oval grille and 2+2 seating, although the latter was a needless alteration that was dispensed with after just two years.